Music executive Nate Albert, credited for signing The Weeknd during his time as Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic Records, has been named the Executive Vice President, A&R for Capitol Records, as announced by Ashley Newton, Capitol Music Group (CMG) President and Universal Music Group (UMG) Executive Vice President of Creative/Special Projects.
Albert will operate out of the Capitol Records office in Hollywood, California, reporting directly to Newton. In his new role, Albert’s duties will include signing and developing artists to the Capitol roster, as well as overseeing the recordings of artists signed to the label.
According to Newton, “Nate has impeccable taste, great creative instincts and a winning demeanor — qualities so important in working with artists and attracting the right talent to the label. His background as both an experienced A&R executive – who discovered and nurtured the industry’s current biggest global breakthrough artist, The Weeknd – and as a successful musician who understands the aspirations of artists, make him a tremendously valuable asset to Capitol. On behalf of everyone at the company, I welcome Nate to the Tower.”
Albert commented, “I have long been inspired by Ashley’s career and stellar reputation, and greatly moved and influenced by the artists he has discovered and worked with, so I am now especially grateful for the opportunity to work directly with him. It is also a dream come true to be joining him, Steve Barnett and the entire Capitol team at a label that not only represents a deep and iconic legacy of great music and artistry, but is so clearly in the midst of an exciting new ascendance centered on artist development. I am thrilled to be afforded this tremendous opportunity and look forward to doing my part in building Capitol’s future.”
Prior to becoming a music executive, Albert started out as a creative, co-founding platinum-selling ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. In 2006, Albert got his start on the business side as an A&R consultant for Republic Records, later becoming the label’s Vice President of A&R in 2008.
Other notable A&R accomplishments for Albert while at Republic Records included signing Phantogram, and overseeing the release of the Les Misérable soundtrack.